Jan Hamilton , MS, PMHNP, 
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Doorways LLC.


 1825 E. Northern Ave. 

Suite 200

Phoenix, AZ 85020

 

(602) 997-2880  

 

A Note from Jan
Founder of Doorways 
Greetings!

The 2015 results of the Arizona Youth Risk Behavioral Survey are out. This biannual survey  assesses and monitors behaviors that place high-school students at increased risk for premature morbidity and mortality

The 2015 results are interesting. In Arizona. 61% of females and 36% of males between the ages of 13 and 18 are on a diet on any given day. However only 14.7% of students are actually overweight!

Oftentimes, teens' opinions on weight, health and their own bodies are heavily influenced by their peers and the media. What results is a distorted view of what is an acceptable body weight which can result in disordered eating. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines for pediatricians and parents to help teens avoid both the development of eating disorders and obesity.

Neville Golden, MD, lead author on the report and member of the National Eating Disorder Association's Medical Advisory Committee, stated: "Dieting and size-related shaming are closely linked to the development of eating disorders. Parents and physicians are not to blame, but they can play an important role in setting healthy examples and working to prevent dangerous habits."

AAP's recommendations include:
  • Discouraging dieting
  • Promoting a balanced diet and exercise for fitness (not weight loss)
  • Encouraging more frequent family meals
  • Avoiding talking about weight all together
If you have a teen that is obsessed with dieting and losing weight, we have resources and programs at Doorways that can help including: 
  • dietary services, 
  • individual and family counseling with eating disorder specialists 
  • psychiatric evaluations with eating disorder specialists
  • Eating Disorders Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). 
As always, were are here to help you!

Jan Hamilton, MS, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Doorways, LLC
1825 E. Northern Ave., Ste. 200
Phoenix, AZ  85020

Spotlight

Meet Brina Jergenson, RD, Registered Dietitian

Brina Jergenson, RD, graduated from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has specialized in eating disorders, sports nutrition, and food allergies since that time. 

Brina has worked with clients in inpatient, outpatient, and intensive day programs over the past 19 years. 

She recently received her Certificate of Training in Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She enjoys working side-by-side with clients to gently help them make changes they need to enjoy a free and fully recovered life.  
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